Nature or nurture?!

Question from the Internet:

Is it nature, or is it nurture that’s more responsible for the human desire for power and control?

This is an important question as we need to put the cause and effect chain in order before we can change and correct things.

Most people would claim it is nurture, that it is upbringing, education and the influence of the environment that shapes us and make us into who we become. And for most things, this is absolutely true, as we are all products of the environment we exist in.

On the other hand, we must not forget about the “raw material”, our basic “matter” education and the environment shapes.

And our original matter, the raw material we are born with, is a 100% self-serving, self-justifying and individualistic desire. Moreover, we define ourselves through constant comparison to others.

This original matter drives us towards ruthless competition, success and survival at the expense of others. This insatiable desire for more and greater pleasures and power for ourselves, to constantly prove ourselves above others, determines everything we do.

Thus it is our inherent nature that instinctively develops and shapes our societies and the upbringing and education we all go through.

Only when we identify our inherent nature, our insatiable and power hungry and greedy ego, as the root cause of everything we do can we start building a new environment with a very different education. Then in that new environment with different values, goals and the appropriate education, we can start to shape and channel our irrepressible inherent nature towards very different outcomes.

Then we will be able to rebuild human interconnections and the fabric of society to resemble Nature’s finely balanced and mutually integrated template.

Then instead of being destructive and self-destructive we will become Nature’s partners in creating and sustaining life.

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Zsolt Hermann

I am a Hungarian-born Orthopedic surgeon presently living in New Zealand, with a profound interest in how mutually integrated living systems work.